Women's Basketball: 'Eaters outlast Aggies

Onomoguho's second straight double-double helps UCI move into four-way tie for third.

February 08, 2014|By Barry Faulkner

At several key instances in the Big West Conference game against visiting UC Davis on Saturday afternoon, the UC Irvine women's basketball team uttered a collective groan when one of its shot attempts bounded or swirled in-and-out.

But, thanks in large part to the third double-double of the week for a UCI player, the Anteaters were able to prevail, 79-73, in overtime to complete a two-game home conference sweep for the week and inch up the congested Big West standings.

Junior Methlyn Onomoguho loaded up on the stat sheet for the winners, producing 20 points and 13 rebounds for her second double-double of the week.


Senior Camille Buckley, who is averaging a double-double in conference play, came up two rebounds shy of accomplishing the feat for the 11th time this season. She finished with 23 points and eight rebounds, while guards Lauren Spinazze and Jennifer Tsurumoto chipped in 12 and 10 points, respectively for the winners.

The win allows the 'Eaters (12-11, 5-4 in conference) to move into a four-way tie for third with UC Davis (10-12, 5-4), Hawaii and Long Beach State with seven regular-season conference games remaining.

It also gives UCI back-to-back conference wins for the first time all season and may fuel a burgeoning confidence that has accompanied the continued depletion of its roster.

Second-year coach Doug Oliver, with only nine players in uniform, played only seven against the Aggies, who held a 60-50 lead with 10:10 left in regulation after Idit Oryon netted her team's 10th three-pointer of the contest.

"It does give us confidence," said Oliver, whose team handled Long Beach State, 78-58, at home on Thursday behind double-doubles from Buckley and Onomoguho. "Our pattern this year has been: Look good on Thursday and get thumped on Saturday. We were a little nervous coming out [against UC Davis, which had won 19 of the previous 23 meetings between the two] because I didn't know how much [UCI players] had in the tank."

UCI showed it had plenty as two free throws by Buckley (who was 13 for 16 from the foul line) and a 10-foot jumper by Onomoguho triggered a 14-0 run that included three-pointers by Spinazze and junior reserve Madison McKenney that ended with 4:52 left with UCI holding a 64-60 cushion.

UC Davis, which netted eight of 16 three-point attempts before halftime, but was 11 for 33 from threedom for the game, including one for six in overtime, knotted the score at 64 and 66.

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